Explosive issue at Livermore

The Department of Energy’s Inspector General got a tip that access to Lawrence Livermore’s High Explosives Applications Facility was not what it should be, and as it turned out those allegations were right.

“We substantiated the allegations regarding weaknesses with controls over access and inventory of explosive materials at the HEAF,” a summary of the report stated. “We found that Secret and Top Secret cleared individuals at Livermore had the potential to access the HEAF explosive operations area even though they lacked specific authorization and/or had not received required safety training. Additionally, we found that Livermore’s Safety Access Training did not adequately address the requirements for unescorted access to the facility’s explosive workrooms.  Further, a unified perpetual system of records capable of tracking and accounting for explosives acquired, stored and expended at HEAF did not exist.”

Here’s the full report.

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